Anti-Semitic vandals in Uman caught by police

Gang had sent pig's head to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev, sprayed visiting Jews with tear gas.

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Tzvi Lev, New York,

Pigs head in Uman
Pigs head in Uman
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Ukrainian Police have arrested an anti-Semitic gang responsible for a long string of attacks against Jewish worshippers at the grave of Rabbi Nachman in Uman. Thousands of Breslov hasidim and others visit Uman for the High Holidays every year.

The gang, which called themselves 'Torpedo', had been receiving instruction from a manager in Russia, who paid them money per attack in an attempt to stir up anti-Jewish sentiment in Ukraine.

The gang was responsible for throwing a grenade at Jews in September, which injured a 13-year-old boy.

In 2016, the gang had thrown a pig’s head and red paint into Rabbi Nachman's grave. Photograph close-ups of the pig’s head showed a swastika carved into the animal’s forehead. The attackers also sprayed tear gas and shouted anti-Semitic epithets during the assault, which left Jewish visitors to the tomb shaken. "We were saved from murder only by the grace of heaven," said one witness.

The gang had beaten up visiting Jews on another occasion.

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